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Poster: NolaWegs Date: Jan 10, 2008 4:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: In-Ear Communication System Recordings

Hi, I've been reading recently about the system the Dead had setup through which they were able to talk to each other without the audience hearing them. I was told a number of years ago that there are recordings of shows that include this track so that one can hear what it is the band is saying to each other. Does anyone know if this is true; and if so, where such a recording could be found? Thanks in advance for any help you may have.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jan 10, 2008 8:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In-Ear Communication System Recordings

I have one from 95. Not sure if it's the 4-2 pyramid one or not. In any event it made it sound even shittier in my opinion. Hearing Phil direct the band and the band sound shitty. I hated it.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jan 10, 2008 7:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In-Ear Communication System Recordings

There are also shows when the mics are hot and they can be heard. There is the 1994 LA gig with marsalis where you can hear lesh ask the band if "they want to do Samba first" before estimated. There are plenty of others but that one sticks out.

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Poster: He Live's Date: Jan 10, 2008 9:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In-Ear Communication System Recordings

at this point the music is not really worth listening to, but there is still some behind the scenes value in these headset recordings. sorry, not the famed "parking lot scanner" gold, but.... anyway:

3/29/95...don't get cute harry, you're not that fuckin' smart

3/17/95


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Poster: cousinkix1953 Date: Jan 11, 2008 2:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In-Ear Communication System Recordings

A friend of mine had a tape of these conversations from a 1994 Shoreline gig. You didn't hear the boys, unless they stepped on a foot switch hidden under mats in front of their mike stands. True, some of those police scanner radios could search and find the wireless mike frequencies too...

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Poster: NolaWegs Date: Jan 11, 2008 9:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In-Ear Communication System Recordings

wow thanks so much for the links! can't wait to give them a listen. I'm kinda new around here so I'm not sure if I'm allowed to ask this but is there a way to download off the stream or is the live stream the only way to listen? I would love to add these shows to my collection.

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Poster: patourkid Date: Jan 11, 2008 7:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In-Ear Communication System Recordings

NO YOU CANNOT DL STREAMS!!!!! Satan will swoop down and take your soul and you will be damned to listen to shitty 95 auds for the rest of eternity!!!And as if thats not enough of a deterrent, trying to dl those show can crash your computer there has been confirmed cases of computers bursting into flames just because their owners THOUGHT about trying to dl these shows...... bad stuff!!!!!

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Poster: blacklakelight Date: Jan 11, 2008 9:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In-Ear Communication System Recordings

Some band banter comes through on a lot of early seventies SBD's, it seems. I love 4-8-72 where you here Jerry call Bob out on his "numero uno Turlock (?)" Truckin' intro.

"That's the same thing you said last night, man."

And, uh, I think it's 3-1-69, after Bill G's intro there's some chatter and Jerry going something like, "no, wait wait wait, this is gonna be good," then they launch into dupree's.

Was just listening to one, I want to say Fillmore East '70, with someone, I think Phil, mocking an audience member; "Play St. Stephen!" in a kind of moronic voice.

The *BEST* though is the Dark Star out of 12-18-73. Somebody's calling "we've got a blown speaker somewhere," probably a roadie, but it GOES WITH THE JAM, which sounds like the axons shorting in your brain. Strictly from Outer Space. When I checked it wasn't on the archive, but this Dark Star will send you through time. I keep meaning to post about it, but it's hard to know where to begin.

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Jan 10, 2008 5:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In-Ear Communication System Recordings

in the ear monitors replaced the on stage monitors...there is a recording out there of 05-20-1995 Las Vegas that is basically a recording of the mics and monitors...the quality is soundboard, but with alot of incidental noise, like drop-outs and weird reverb...however, there is some chatter that is picked up, mainly by Lesh, he comments on some hottie in the audience during Lazy River Road...

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Poster: NolaWegs Date: Jan 10, 2008 5:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In-Ear Communication System Recordings

Thanks so much! I'll be checking it out straight away. Any others people know of will be helpful as well.

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Jan 10, 2008 5:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In-Ear Communication System Recordings

I've read nearly the same information, without mention of circulating recordings. The in-ear montiors that the band pioneered would allow for channel switching and monitor-only chat if they had the switchgear onboard their individual receivers.

Even if this is the case, I don't believe any of the band members used headset microphones that would be tied into the monitor structure. The only other alternative would be to have each member standing at a live microphone switched to output to the monitors alone. This would have made for a very strange audience sight with them speaking into the mic's and nothing coming out.

What is possible and even probable is that the band could receive comments individually or collectively from the soundboard and maybe stage techs.

I was at a show several years ago where the venue had sold my seat where some equipment was located and they offered me a tech chair with headphones right next to the soundboard. I got to listen to the SBD and hear all of the lighting cues, stage prompts and instrument chnges coming from the production manager. Interesting experience, only wish it was 30 years ago and a different band.